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I love my red KitchenAid Mixer

Updated on October 3, 2014

My KitchenAid Mixer

I have hankered after a KitchenAid Mixer for several years. I cook a lot, I bake for my immediate family and my extended family. Nothing too fancy you understand, but good food with as few additives as possible. The other reason I do a lot of home baking is that my youngest son has a food allergy and it makes sense to know exactly what ingredients are in the goodies.

Unfortunately I didn't feel I could justify the cost of buying a KitchenAid, like everyone else just now we have had to tighten our belts as the price of food and utility bills have risen. I also have a food processor and a small electric hand whisk that could do the same job, didn't I? Yes, I did but it was a hassle getting the food processor out of the cupboard where it was kept and I hated putting it together and having to wash it when I had finished using it. So what changed my mind? Well a close family member had a sudden health scare that shook us up a bit as a family, they're absolutely fine now but everyone was concerned for a while, and I just decided that I was going to use some of our "rainy day" money and buy a KitchenAid. OK, I know it wasnât a rainy day but I felt the need to do something positive, and the KitchenAid comes with a 5 year guarantee, pretty positive thinking as far as Iâm concerned!

Then it came down to decisions, decisions. I did a lot of searching on line, and read very few negative comments regarding the KitchenAid. I decided to pick KitchenAid Artisan Model 5KSM150PS. I like the stainless steel bowl and the fact that it was mostly dishwasher safe. Something that was important for me. I was prepared for the weight of the KitchenAid, more so than the delivery driver who wouldn't believe it was only a food mixer in the large and heavy box, and had cleared a space on the worktop for it. This mixer was going to take pride of place in my kitchen and I intended using it as much as I possibly could. I thought if it went into a cupboard it would go the way of the food processor and be more hassle to use, and eventually hardly be used at all. No, this beauty was going to take pride of place in my kitchen.

The second decision was which color to buy my KitchenAid in. To know me is to know that Iâm quite a modest, sensible, unassuming type of person. Normally if given a choice of color I would pick the more sedate color as it would be more practical and more sensible. Guess what? I didn't pick sensible or practical, I picked a wonderful bright red, AND I LOVE IT. You walk into the kitchen and the red draws your eye straight to it. It's bold, it's brash and it's not apologising for it. Yes, I know I sound as if I've been at the cooking sherry, I promise I haven't, I am just so pleased with my new KitchenAid.

The KitchenAid arrived late afternoon on a Wednesday and after admiring it and cooing over it I was looking at my cookbooks trying to decide what I would use it for first. The following recipe is a favorite with my family. It's called Millionaires Shortbread and normally it's made in a large square and cut into pieces, I decided to make little individual treats and they turned out well. So well in fact they didn't last more than a few hours in my house.

All of the photographs were taken on our Nikon D90 Camera.

My New KitchenAid Mixer

I feel a bit of a rebel choosing a bright red model, instead of the more conservative cream color I would usually choose.

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Cook Time

Prep Time: 30

Total Time: 40

Serves: 16

Ingredients

  • For the shortbread you will need:-
  • 60 g/2.5oz golden caster sugar
  • 150 g/5oz plain flour
  • 20 g/0.75oz cocoa powder
  • I didn't have cocoa powder when I came to use this receipe so I used a good squeeze of Hershey's chocolate syrup
  • 120 g/4.5oz unsalted butter at room temperature
  • For the golden fudgy caramel you will need:-
  • 397 g/14oz can of condensed milk
  • For the chocolate topping you will need:-
  • 150 g/5oz of chocolate
  • you can use whichever kind of chocolate you like best I used milk chocolate
  • if you use plain chocolate you will also need
  • 25 g/1oz butter

Instructions

  1. .You can make this in one 8 inch square cake tin, or as I did in little muffin tins. Make sure your tins are well greased.
  2. When I made this I bought a can of Carnation Caramel, which means you can miss out the next step.
  3. If you can't get this then put the unopened can of condensed milk into a heavy pan, cover with water and bring to the boil. Simmer for 3.5 hours making sure you top up with water so that the can is always covered in water. Be careful when you remove the can from the water and make sure you cool the can completely before opening.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 F, gas mark 4, 180 C
  5. Cream the butter and then add in the sugar. Beat together until light and fluffy, add the sifted flour and cocoa into the bowl and mix until it just comes together in a smooth dough. Press the dough into your tins of choice, if you're using small individual tins make sure the dough is not too thick. I managed to get 18 little Millionaires nibbles out of this quantity. Prick all over with a fork and then chill in the fridge for at least 15 minutes.
  6. Bake your trays for approximately 20 minutes if doing the large one, and approx 13 minutes for the individual ones. Keep an eye on your cooking times as you want to take them out of the oven when they are just firm and looking slightly darker on the edges.
  7. Leave to cool completely in the tins. After cooling I was able to take out the individual shortbread and place on a baking tray. If you're making a large shortbread leave it in the square tin.
  8. When cool either spread the caramel over the tin of shortbread, or place a spoonful or so into the individual shortbread.
  9. Everyone has their own way of melting chocolate, I tend to use the microwave to melt chocolate, putting it on full power for approximately 20 seconds at a time unitl completely melted. If using plain chocolate you then remove the bowl from the heat and stir in the butter.
  10. When melted either pour over the square tin, or spoon over the individual Millionaires Shortbread.
  11. If you're using a square tin leave overnight to firm up before cutting into approximately 16 squares. If you're making individual treats, enjoy when the chocolate has firmed up, usually a couple of hours.
  12. This receipe will store for a week in an airtight container, it never lasts that long in my house, but is not suitable for freezing.
Cast your vote for Millionaires Shortbread

Millionaires Shortbread

I couldn't resist showing you my first batch of Millionaires Shortbread. I know they're don't look perfect but they taste delicious. They didn't last long after this photograph was taken!

Carnation Condensed Milk 14 oz. (3-Pack)
Carnation Condensed Milk 14 oz. (3-Pack)

I have used this product in the past, but with time being short I now use the Carnation Caramel above..

 

Tins

Choose a tin to suit your own baking style, whether it be a mini muffin tin or an 8" square tin.

Baker's Secret 116424001 Basics Nonstick 24-Cup Mini Muffin Pan
Baker's Secret 116424001 Basics Nonstick 24-Cup Mini Muffin Pan

This is the style I used. I like the small size. I think they produce lovely little treats which are a great size to offer friends when I have them over for coffee.

 

Hot Off The Press

I made smoked salmon fish cakes in my new KitchenAid. I mashed potatoes using the beater, add a little butter and a spot of cream with some herbs. Mix in cooked smoked mackerel until it's completely absorbed with the potatoes. Final ingredient was some smoked salmon cut into half inch pieces, which I stirred in. Shape the fish cakes onto greaseproof paper placed on a baking sheet and put in the oven, on quite a high heat, for 20 minutes. Served with a green salad they were a great mid-week meal.

Are you a fan of KitchenAid

Is a KitchenAid Mixer worth the extra expense

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If you don't want to buy a new KitchenAid you may be able to pick up a bargain here.

I know the KitchenAid costs a lot of money, and some people buy one and then don't use it so they decide to sell their mixer. You may be lucky and pick up a bargain here!

I would love to hear your personal experiences with a KitchenAid Mixer

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      Cecilia Karanja 

      4 years ago from Nairobi

      I don't have one. The short breads look oh so yummy.

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 

      4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      (Sigh)...wish I could get back to my baking task. The Millionaires Shortbread make my mouth water!

    • Carashops profile imageAUTHOR

      Cara 

      4 years ago

      @WedgeAntilles: Fingers crossed it's working now!

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      Wedge Antilles 

      4 years ago from Mount Vernon, WA

      I tried to vote in the Pole but it wouldn't let me vote so here it is: YES, it is worth tie extra expense especially if you do a lot of cooking and baking. The many attachments that are available for it - I have the Artisan as well - let it take the place of many other appliances and therefore helps to eliminate counter-top clutter or the need to drag out another appliance.

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      Wedge Antilles 

      4 years ago from Mount Vernon, WA

      Yes, by all means! I have one plus some of the attachments: this allows it to perform double duty - and more - by eliminating the need for other appliances such as a separate food processor. I too have the Artisan KitchenAid, I wanted the one with the larger bowl as I bake quite a bit and at holidays, I bake many different types of cookies and this one allows me to mix double and sometimes triple batches of dough at one time. Living in a small two bedroom apartment with a small kitchen, my counter space is quite limited therefore I - unfortunately - do not have room to keep mine out all the time so I store it in its original box on the floor of the walk-in closet in my bedroom and take it out when I meed to use it but because it can do so many different things, I don't mind that. On of the attachments that I have for mine is the meat grinder and I have found that this attachment not only saves us money, I can control the amount of the meat-to-fat ratio in my ground beef, chicken, turkey et cetera as I will by my meat when it is on sale, bring it home, grind what I need, weigh it into dinner size portions and then freeze them.

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      2envelopparadox 

      4 years ago

      nice lens

    • Carashops profile imageAUTHOR

      Cara 

      4 years ago

      @queenofbeauty: Nothing Plain Jane about your white kitchen aid, more cool, calm and collected!

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      queenofbeauty 

      4 years ago

      I looooove these bad boys! I have a Plain Jane white one.

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      Tanya Jones 

      4 years ago from Texas USA

      Well, my personal experience is in the wishful thinking category for now. But, I've been wanting to get one for ages and will probably eventually do so.

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      Heather Weaver 

      4 years ago from Colorado

      I have the same red KitchenAid mixer and I love mine, too!

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      BabysitterWarning 

      4 years ago

      Great mixer! And of course this page has made me hungry now lol

    • Carashops profile imageAUTHOR

      Cara 

      4 years ago

      @joanzueway: Thank you.

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      joanzueway 

      4 years ago

      Thank you for this wonderful lens

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      dudexyx 

      4 years ago

      Very helpful. My mixer is old and seems to be in deathbed. Time to get a new one.

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      Justin 

      4 years ago from Slovenija

      I had similar device and it came very handy!

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      Dawnyasasse 

      4 years ago

      It does everything! I use the ice cream attachment and there is a pasta attachment. I have the citrus juicer as well. Love it.

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      Lynn Klobuchar 

      4 years ago

      I used mine today to make chocolate chip cookies. It kneads yeast bread dough perfectly, gluten full or gluten free. Nothing whips cream as fast, and I also use it for mixing meatballs . I have the grinder attachment and have thought about the ice cream attachment as well. I think I have had mine for about 12 years and it still takes on anything I throw into it.

    • Carashops profile imageAUTHOR

      Cara 

      4 years ago

      @Dusty2 LM: Thank you for your great comments. Its one of these decisions I'm so glad I made. No doubt about it, Quality Engineering so fit for the purpose.

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      Dusty2 LM 

      4 years ago

      Empire "Red" kitchen mixer? WoW! Maybe the white...? I hear KitchenAid is suppose to be one of the best mixers. Bread Maker/KitchenAid Mixer. Decisions, Decisions. Anyway, I appreciate you sharing this lens CaraShops as well as the tasty shortbread recipe.

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      Deborah Carr 

      4 years ago from Orange County, California

      I have a red tea pot and a few other red items in my kitchen. I need a new mixer, so this would be perfect!

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      Doc_Holliday 

      4 years ago

      The millionaires shortbread looks delicious. Will have to give it a go.

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      Cara 

      4 years ago

      @grrbtn: Thank you. A pleasure. Fingers crossed for a kitchenaid!

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      grrbtn 

      4 years ago

      We need to invest in a new mixer in the next couple of months, so this was very useful to me. Thanks for sharing

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      ayannavenus 

      4 years ago

      I would love one!

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      ayannavenus 

      4 years ago

      I would love one!

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      ayannavenus 

      4 years ago

      I would love one!

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      KathyZ1 

      4 years ago

      Just got one KitchenAid, will try it. Thanks for your sharing.

    • Carashops profile imageAUTHOR

      Cara 

      5 years ago

      @Jimmy Oliver: My youngest son makes a mean death by chocolate cake. A real family favourite.

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      mohinipuranik 

      5 years ago

      Wonderful discovery, loved the mixer.

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      Jimmy J Oliver 

      5 years ago

      Ive got a cream one and use it all the time for baking, yes that's right, I'm a man and do all the baking (and cooking)

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      June Nash 

      5 years ago

      I haven't bought one yet, but it is on my wish list. I enjoyed reading your story.

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      richardrose 

      5 years ago

      Mine is yellow and still works just as well as the first day we got it.

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      asilonline lm 

      5 years ago

      I am really enjoying mine.

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      Cara 

      5 years ago

      @Sojournstar Media: Thank you. Your kind comments have gladdened my heart.

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      Angela Hobbs 

      5 years ago from The TARDIS

      I think I put my last comment in the wrong place lol, so I will tell you again, you are quite welcome for the return visit, we Squids need to support one another ;) I am going to feature you on my newest lens TheRecipeSource as a featured lensmaster, I love your stuff!

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      Cara 

      5 years ago

      @Klinetka: I hope you get one soon, I'm sure you'll love using it.

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      Klinetka 

      5 years ago

      I do not have it yet, but is on my top what tu buy 10 list :-)

    • Carashops profile imageAUTHOR

      Cara 

      5 years ago

      @paulahite: I know what you mean, my delivery man didn't believe me when I told him there was only a food mixer in the box.

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      Paula Hite 

      5 years ago from Virginia

      I have the same mixer and I have no idea what I did before I got it. Granted, its a real commitment to use - you need some serious muscles to maneuver it around, but I love it all the same!! Very cool lens!

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      LauraCarExpert 

      5 years ago

      These mixers are a must have for any and every kitchen. They will also last you a lifetime.

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      mariacarbonara 

      5 years ago

      I have a yellow Kitchenaid mixer. Ive had it for 14 years and never had a problem with it. Yes they cost more but I have certainly had my moneys worth.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      I have other kitchen appliances all the same cream colour but I do use them an awful lot.xxx

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      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I used to make my shortbread mixing and kneading it by hand until my husband bought me the Cuisinart Stand mixer. Saves so much time and my hands feel so much better :) I'm looking forward to trying your shortbread recipe .... sounds delicious!

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      Cara 

      5 years ago

      @happy-birthday: I know what you mean. Even my husband has taken to making bread with it

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      tonyaalves3 

      5 years ago

      I don't have one yet, but looking around. The red kitchenaid mixer does look good.

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      Birthday Wishes 

      5 years ago from Here

      I can't live without! Thanks a lot for sharing this great lens and the recipe!

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      chrisbrock lm 

      5 years ago

      I love the red one. Nice review.

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      Cara 

      5 years ago

      @Dardee1: I so enjoy using mine. My husband has been using it too!

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      Dardee1 

      5 years ago

      We have a white one and we love it too :)

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      moonberry 

      5 years ago

      I had a red one too when I was living in NY, but had to sell it and get a new one after I moved to Singapore due to the voltage differences. My current KitchenAid stand mixer is a pristine white one, and i blogged about it here (http://blog.moonberry.com/new-kitchenaid-mixer).

      Can you believe it, KitchenAid mixers are grossly marked up in Singapore! I'm still sour that I couldn't keep my US version and had to buy a new one at like, three times the price. Ouch.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      I have an off the wall brand that works just as good. But these are nice mixers.

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      Cara 

      5 years ago

      @anonymous: I'm really enjoying mine!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      I don't have one, but each one of my friends that do all say that they really like theirs.

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      Cara 

      5 years ago

      @pauline60: Thank you for your kind comment. I know it's a difficult decision to make when you already have utensils that can do the job.

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      Cara 

      5 years ago

      @TanoCalvenoa: I know what you mean. I hesitated for many years because of the cost. Saved up for it and now I am sooooo pleased I did.

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      Cara 

      5 years ago

      @happynutritionist: Thank you.

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      Cara 

      5 years ago

      @SusanDeppner: I know I feel quite daring picking red instead of a neutral color I would normally choose!

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      pauline60 

      5 years ago

      I don't have one yet but I want one. Thing is I already own a large mixer so can't justify it (yet!). You mentioned your little cakes not looking perfect - I genuinely prefer them that way because they look home made and that's always better. They look delicious to me.

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      TanoCalvenoa 

      5 years ago

      My wife has wanted one for a few years and I haven't yet swallowed hard and paid for one. They of course look and are incredible, the cost is the big issue.

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      happynutritionist 

      5 years ago

      I don't have any personal experiences, but do appreciate all the information you've shared here. Very helpful.

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      Susan Deppner 

      5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I've never had a stand mixer, but a KitchenAid would be a good choice if I thought I'd really use it. Choosing the color would be the tough part!

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